Development and Production of a Die-cast Magnesium Convertible Soft-top Cover

  1. Prof. Dr.-Ing. K. U. Kainer
  1. Peter Geist1,
  2. Frank Lehnert1 and
  3. Uwe Kwasny2

Published Online: 15 MAY 2006

DOI: 10.1002/3527607552.ch61

Magnesium Alloys and their Applications

Magnesium Alloys and their Applications

How to Cite

Geist, P., Lehnert, F. and Kwasny, U. (2000) Development and Production of a Die-cast Magnesium Convertible Soft-top Cover, in Magnesium Alloys and their Applications (ed K. U. Kainer), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, FRG. doi: 10.1002/3527607552.ch61

Editor Information

  1. GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH, Institut für Werkstofforschung, Max-Planck- Straße, D-21502 Geesthacht, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    BMW Group Munich (Germany)

  2. 2

    EDAG AG Munich (Germany)

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAY 2006
  2. Published Print: 20 SEP 2000

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527302826

Online ISBN: 9783527607556

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Keywords:

  • magnesium alloys;
  • die-cast magnesium convertible soft-top cover;
  • vehicle engineering;
  • development;
  • production

Summary

Weight reduction has become more and more important in vehicle engineering in the last few years. Vehicles have become heavier rather than lighter due to increased comfort and convenience requirements and safety measures. Ambitious goals such as cars consuming only three litres of fuel per 100 kilometres will force us to design cars in future that have the same weight as today's models or less. Apart from intelligent engineering solutions, lightweight construction using alternative material concepts will become increasingly important. Thanks to its low density (1.70–1.80 g/cu. m.), magnesium is particularly important here.